By John Taylor, NBC Sports:
It appears that, the way it have on the field the past decade, Ohio State is going to get over on bitter rival Michigan on the transfer front as well. Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted Tuesday afternoon that offensive lineman Chad Lindsay has decided to transfer to Ohio State and continue his playing career with the Buckeyes. OSU, obviously, has yet to officially confirm Lindsay’s addition to the roster, although that could happen by week’s end.
By MARQ BURNETT, ledger-enquirer.com:
While there are always players with a few bumps and bruises, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the Crimson Tide made it out of spring practice fairly healthy. Two players — linebacker Reuben Foster and offensive lineman Grant Hill — went down during the Tide’s A-Day game on Saturday, but Saban said both will be fine. Hill had a “knee sprain.” As for Foster, he had a “slight concussion” after a collision that left him immobile on the field for a few seconds. Foster has battled a neck stinger all spring that limited him during practice and the first two scrimmages.
By Andrew Gribble, al.com:
In January, Alabama fans might have known everything there was to know about Kevin Norwood, but the NFL wasn’t fully up to speed. With the first round of the NFL Draft just 15 days away, it’s safe to say the league’s 32 teams have caught up. And all indications are they’ve liked what they’ve seen. Former Alabama WR Kevin Norwood at Walk of Fame ceremony – April 19, 2014 Former Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood talks with reporters Saturday, April 19, 2014.
By Andrew Holleran, collegespun.com:
It’s probably safe to assume that most SEC coaches would prefer to play less conference games. The SEC has been, without question, the nation’s toughest conference over the past decade, and so, less conference games would mean less opportunities for losses. Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks otherwise, though. Saban is an advocate of a nine-game SEC schedule. He doesn’t believe other conference coaches are, however.
By Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports:
It’s been almost three years since April 27, 2011, the day tornadoes devastated the state of Alabama. More than 250 people in Alabama lost their lives due to the tornadoes. Among them was Ashley Harrison, the girlfriend of Crimson Tide long snapper Carson Tinker, who was huddled with her in a closet trying to survive the storm. The tornado destroyed the house, shredding it, and in the process, sucked Tinker, Harrison and everyone else there up, shooting into the sky. Tinker’s body landed some 50 yards away from where their house had been. When he awoke hours later in a hospital, he learned Ashley didn’t survive after having been ripped from his arms. Tinker suffered a concussion, injured his wrist and his ankle, which would require a skin graft. For some, Tinker, as an Alabama football player, became one of the faces of the tragedy.
By Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report:
While all eyes were on the Alabama quarterbacks during the spring game, another position battle was brewing that could have an even bigger impact on offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s offense. Running back. Junior T.J. Yeldon is fresh off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is following the same script that he adhered to during his first two springs in Tuscaloosa. The 6’2″, 218-pound native of Daphne, Ala., rushed 11 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, and added one reception for nine yards en route to his third straight Dixie Howell Award given to the MVP of Alabama’s spring game, according to stats released by the university.
By Alex Scarborough, ESPN:
It made sense for Nick Saban to begin his post A-Day spring game news conference with a caveat. After what everyone had seen that Saturday afternoon, a reasoned voice was needed, and Saban stepped to the podium to deliver his own sense of perspective. “Nobody ever has a bad spring game,” Alabama’s head coach told reporters. “Let’s start with that.” Fourteen practices behind closed doors led to a great deal of expectation surrounding A-Day, where the biggest question was, of course, at quarterback. Everything uttered about Blake Sims had been positive heading into the weekend. He’d improved his mechanics, they said. He’d made progress at becoming a better pocket passer, they added. Saban praised Sims for his command of the offense, his accuracy and his consistency. Then practice No. 15 arrived.
By Michael Casagrande, al.om:
In the rush after Saturday’s A-Day Game, the injury report was lost in the shuffle. Three days later, coach Nick Saban had a few updates before the Crimson Caravan kickoff in Huntsville on Tuesday evening. Linebacker Reuben Foster got “a slight concussion” when diving for the legs of Kenyan Drake late in the first half Saturday. The rising sophomore appeared to hit his head on Drake’s leg before going down hard. Foster, who made two tackles behind the line with the second team, appeared woozy and was helped to the locker room early.
By Nick Sellers, Crimson White:
Less than two hours before kickoff on Saturday, three former Crimson Tide captains mashed cleats and hands into wet concrete in front of Denny Chimes, forever cementing their legacies on Alabama’s campus. Two of those former players, quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley, were widely regarded as the unquestioned leaders of the offense and defense, respectively, in 2013. Questions now remain as to who will take the reins on both sides of the ball this season. A-Day offered no real answers to the question at quarterback, but the defensive front seven had a resounding answer to the doubts expressed by many on Saturday, as the unit had a field day with the offensive line and inexperienced quarterbacks.